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"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute."

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

August 2, 2012

USC Dornsife 2020 calls for professors to identify a theme of great societal importance for years to come and form research groups to investigate solutions. Each cluster includes faculty, undergraduate and graduate students,…

USC Dornsife junior and senior geology majors in Malaga, Spain. Photo courtesy of John Platt.

Spain Rocks

July 13, 2012

For some people, rocks are those pesky objects that sometimes find their way into your shoes. But for aspiring geologists, who study how rocks came to be, the aggregate of minerals provide a looking glass into the past. Was…

Contestants have their ups and downs on a boss-employee edition of the game show Wipeout Tuesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Photo by Mike Weaver.

USC Dornsife Student Takes on Wipeout

July 9, 2012

As the director of USC Orientation Programs, Tom Studdert is used to helping incoming freshmen and transfer students overcome obstacles. But when he and USC Dornsife creative writing student Matt Schaefer became contestants on…

Learning a new language while strengthening their understanding of how business is conducted in East Asia, is the main focus of the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.

Broadening Language Skills in East Asia

June 21, 2012

A USC Dornsife recent graduate and undergraduate have received the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for their commitment to developing their Mandarin language skills. They are spending the Summer…

From left, USC data analyst Shawn Irish and USC Dornsife undergraduate researchers Matthew Orr, Eric Hotchkiss, and Travis de Ronde stand with mirrors atop the 60-foot solar tower on Mt. Wilson. Photo by Jie Gu.

Black Pearls of the Sun

June 13, 2012

Atop Mt. Wilson overlooking Pasadena, dozens of stargazers peered through telescopes at a celestial wonder. A few people donned T-shirts declaring “I Witnessed the Transit of Venus.”  To mark the event that…

USC Norman Topping scholars in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program pack the more than 300 books they collected from schools across campus to donate to Japan’s American studies libraries affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Students carried the books with them when they traveled for their two-week Maymester trip to Japan.

Restocking Hope in Japan

June 12, 2012

For the past few months, 13 students in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program have collected 300 American studies books from schools across campus. The students carried the books on a plane for Japan for their two-week…

USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers (right) and classmate Olivia White sampled a few ice cream flavors at Mateo’s Ice Cream in Los Angeles. The trip was one of several that Rogers made to restaurants, mercados and street vendors in neighboring cities throughout L.A. as part of lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife Sarah Portnoy’s course, “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles.” Photo courtesy of Amy Rogers.

A Forkful of Culture

June 5, 2012

When the plate was set before her, USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers timidly forked a piece of meat into her mouth and awaited her tastebuds reaction. The verdict: barbequed goat Oaxacan style was muy delicioso. “The meat…

Actress and USC Dornsife student America Ferrera speaks to students in professor Steven Lamy's international relations class about celebrity diplomacy — how those in the public sphere use their influence to bring attention to global issues. Ferrera has partnered with organizations such as Save the Children to raise funds to build a school in Diassadeni, Mali. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

From Actress to Activist

May 23, 2012

In 2002, when America Ferrera was a freshman studying international relations in USC Dornsife, she was torn between two possible career paths. At the time she had just appeared in two feature films: Real Women Have Curves and…

A USC Dornsife student on a scientific dive in Guam with a Hawksbill sea turtle in the foreground during a past Maymester trip. Photo by Gerry Smith.

Taking the Plunge

May 23, 2012

USC Dornsife students are diving into this year’s Maymester courses. After taking a Spring semester course on the physics, physiology, safety and methodology of scientific diving, 26 undergraduates will dive in the…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise is Caitlin Bradbury: Mexico; Sarah Goodrum: Germany; Huibin Amelia Chew: the Philippines; Nina Gordon-Kirsch: Israel; Nelly Chávez: Spain; and Daniel Paly: Brazil.

That’s Right, You Earned a Fulbright

May 22, 2012

Six USC Dornsife students and alumni have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship awarding them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United…